One of the big choices each new mother needs to make is how to feed her baby – bottle or breast? Here are some things you need to know about breastfeeding to make the best choice.
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It is super healthy for babies and convenient
Breast milk contains powerful antibodies and babies who are breast fed have a lower chance of getting colds, flu and ear infections. Nursing is also convenient, as you can breastfeed your baby whenever and wherever you want whenever she is hungry.
Nursing is beneficial for Moms too
Not only is Breastfeeding an excellent bonding experience, it also releases beneficial hormones including:
- Prolactin – which helps with keeping baby blues away.
- Oxytocin – which helps with contracting the uterus and can assist with burning calories.
It’s not always easy
Nursing may be tricky to master during those first few days, trying to get baby to latch correctly and your nipples may feel sore and tender in the beginning. Consider taking breastfeeding classes while pregnant or ask the nurses at the Hospital to help you with any questions that you may have. Read about some of the surprising things that no-one tells you about breastfeeding here.
You can save a lot of money on baby formula when nursing which can rather be used for nappies or baby essentials. Having a baby does not come cheap and you’ll soon realize that every bit of saving can go a long way.
Taking care of yourself
It’s vital to take good care of yourself as you are currently your baby’s food supply.
- Drink plenty of water every day.
- Make sure you get enough calcium intake.
- It’s essential to get at least 300 -500 calories extra per day.
- Try to relax as stress can influence your milk supply.
Pumping can encourage milk supply, plus if you have to return to work you can express milk and freeze extra milk for feeds. You can also get Dad more involved by letting him do some of the feeds.